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Sustainability Courses

MLA Special Session: "Sustainability and Pedagogy"
Session Proposal

Sunday, January 6, 12:00pm-1:15pm. Berkeley Sheraton Room (check conference program online)

Chair of the Panel
Derrick R. Spires, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana


Stephanie LeMenager, UCSB

Stephanie LeMenager is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she has taught since 2000. Her interests include 19th and 20th century U.S. literature and cultures, environmental criticism, energy systems and their cultural impacts, literatures of the North American West, the applied (activist) humanities, and cultural geography.
Statement of Pedagogy.
Links and sample syllabi:
Literature in the Era of Environmentalism
I Love the "Love" Latte
Fallen Fruit Art Movement
Life Cycle of a Plastic Bag
A Date Explored
ENG 165
ENG 236
Joseph Baquerizo on Water
Critical Issues in America: Figuring Sea Level Rise conference

Amanda Hagood, Hendrix College

Amanda Hagood, ACS Postdoctoral Fellow at Hendrix College, specializes in American environmentalism and postwar culture.
Statement of Pedagogy
Links and sample syllabi:
Literary Landscapes: Writing the Natural State
Thoreau and American Environmental Writing
Hendrix Tree Trail
Writing the Natural State class blog

Gillen Wood, University of Illinois

Gillen Wood is the Director of Sustainability Studies Initiative in the Humanities and the Nicholson Professor of English at the University of Illinois.  His teaching interests include romanticism, sustainability studies, ecocriticism, poetry and poetics.
Statement of Pedagogy
Links and sample syllabi:
What is Sustainability Studies?
ENG 300 Can Poetry Save the Earth syllabus
ENG 380 Environmental Change and the Midwest syllabus
ENG 431 Green Romanticism syllabus
ENG 476 Literature of Catastrophe syllabus
ENG 581 New Directions in Ecocriticism syllabus
Essays by the students of ENG 581

Dana D. Nelson, Vanderbilt University

Dana Nelson is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English and American Studies, as well as Director of English Graduate Studies. Her areas of research include democracy studies, race theory, gender theory, political theory; early US literature and history; and American colonial literatures and history.
Statement of Pedagogy
Links and sample syllabi:
ENG 211W: Writing for an Endangered World:  Representative US Writers Tackle Sustainability

Teresa Goddu, Vanderbilt University

Teresa A. Goddu is currently Director of the American Studies Program at Vanderbilt University. She also directed the year long Sustainability Project at Vanderbilt University. She specializes in nineteenth-century American literature and culture.
Statement of Pedagogy
Links and sample syllabi:
The Cumberland Project
The Sustainability Project

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